The Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Closest Tube is South Kensington

Open Sat-Thurs 10am-5:45pm, Fridays (10am-10pm) (closed 24-26 Dec)

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, South Kensington, Museums
Victoria & Albert Museum

The V&A is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design and has over 4.5 million objects on display!

As well as viewing the amazing exhibits throughout the museum there are also several shops for souvenirs. Later, replenish your energy and sample some food and drink from the choice of cafes, including the new courtyard cafe.

Galleries

There are a number of galleries displaying costumes worn by Madonna, Britney Spears and Scar in The Lion King.

Costume for Scar in The Lion King, Costumes, London Museums, Museums, London
Costume for Scar in The Lion King

Stained Glass

Removed from Hardwick House in Suffolk in 1924, this stained glass dates back to 1420-40…

Stained Glass, stained glass exhibition, museum, London, London Museum, London
Stained Glass Exhibition

Oil Paintings on Canvas

Paintings such as ‘No Place Like Home’ by Landseer are on display and date back to the 1800s

Oil Painting, landseer, exhibition, museum, London, Victoria & Albert Museum, London Museum, London
No Place Like Home, Landseer

Tapestries

Tapestries such as this one – Millefleurs with a Unicorn date back to the 1500s

Millefleurs with a Unicorn, tapestry, Victoria & Albert Museum, London Museums, Museums, London
Millefleurs with a Unicorn, around 1500

Other exhibits include jewellery from different countries. Items include snake armlets worn by Egyptians …

Snake Armlets, Egyptian jewellery, London, South Kensington, Victoria & Albert Museum
Snake Armlets

This baby’s rattle and wolf’s tooth jewellery…

Baby's Rattle, Wolf's Tooth, Jewellery, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Baby’s Rattle and Wolf’s Tooth Jewellery

As well as all the free exhibits, some carry an additional charge. To check the current chargeable exhibits, take a look at the website.

This is a wonderful museum where you can spend a lot of time. But remember as entry is free, you can return another time rather than feel you have to see everything in a day. Maybe spend a few hours here and then return later or on another day? If so, you may be inspired by some of the other places I have been to…

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